Rizla Suzuki's John Reynolds is on a roll after taking his first win of the year at Brands Hatch last weekend - and he is ready to rock the racing applecart when the seventh round of the Championship kicks off at Rockingham Motor Speedway on June 23rd.

For Reynolds, nothing short of another victory will do when he wheels his Suzuki GSX-R1000 onto the start grid of Britain's youngest track.

The newly built Rockingham Motor Speedway welcomes the Superbikes back to its 1.74mile mix of twists and turns for only the second time. Last year the track played a crucial part in John Reynolds' Championship winning season as his main rival Steve Hislop crashed out, ruling him out of the title chase.

This year Rockingham is set to play an equally vital role as the Champion goes about winning races and putting together a mid-season bid to hang on to his crown.

Reynolds said: "Rockingham is important to us. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 has shown it can win and it has improved steadily as the season has progressed. There's no reason why we can't fight for victories from now on and I mean to do that, starting at Rockingham."

A special boost to the team comes in the shape of the larger than life nine-time TT winner and outright lap record holder David Jefferies. The fast-riding Yorkshireman is taking over the number 11 bike of Karl Harris who is recovering from a broken left wrist he sustained at Outlon Park last month and who is unable to ride until Knockhill on July 7th.

Jefferies, who is hot from his record-breaking 127.29mph fast lap at the Isle of Man as well as a National Superstock class win last weekend at Brands Hatch, is eager to prove what he can do given the right machinery.

Jefferies noted: "I am looking forward to the guest ride, it should be fun. Short circuit racing is very different from the TT, but I'll be pushing as hard as I can. The laps I'll put in during Superstock practice will let me get to know my way round the track quickly and hopefully that'll help when I get on the Superbike."

Team manager Paul Denning is optimistic about the coming weekend: "The victory at Brands Hatch was a long time coming. But now we've done it, a four-cylinder Suzuki has beaten all the twins and we can now get down to racing for the top step of the podium every time.

"Last year the 750cc Suzuki went well at Rockingham and this year we have an extra 250cc to give us an edge. Winning at this level is never easy, but we'll be trying our best as a team and JR will be tough to beat on track.

"It's great to have David Jefferies make a guest appearance with the team. His exploits on the Isle of Man are legendary - a 127mph lap will take some beating. We know he's a good track rider as well. I'm sure with a Rizla Suzuki under him he'll be able to make top 10 finishes in both races, and maybe even have a go at a podium."

Racing starts at 1.30pm on Sunday, June 23rd at Rockingham Motor Speedway in the Midlands.

 

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